Monday, November 23, 2015

Thankful for: OC Research Support

There are many organizations that raise funds for cancer research. A simple Google search of "organizations that support ovarian cancer research " will give you over 900,000 results. Some of these are large national non-profit organizations with offices and multiple employees with large budgets that support research in addition to other programs such as awareness and legislative advocacy.

But there are also many small, local non-profit organizations throughout the US whose efforts should not go unheralded. They have all volunteer boards, meet in public spaces or around someones dining room table and still manage to make a difference and change the research landscape by supporting established research programs for early detection and treatments as well as young researchers.

Yesterday, I was invited by the GRACEful Hope Foundation to attend their presentation of a check for $30,000 to support ovarian cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. For over 4 years now the GRACEful Hope Foundation lead by the Rocha Family and friends have supported ovarian cancer research to honor the memory of Grace and Erika Rocha.

Another NJ non-profit, Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation , earlier this year presented grant awards to RACHEL N. GRISHAM, M.D. ,Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, to support her research on Deciphering the Biologic Predictors of Response to Targeted Therapy in Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer ,LILIE LIN, M.D. , University of Pennsylvania,  to support her Pilot Study of a Novel PARP Inhibitor PET Tracer in Ovarian Carcinoma  and continued funding the project of
GEORGE PRETI, Ph.D., Monell Chemical Senses Center,  A Novel Multidisciplinary Approach to Development of an Effective Ovarian Cancer Screening Diagnostic using Volatile Biomarkers. KOH has provided over 2.7 million dollars to support ovarian cancer research in the past 15 years.

Since 2010, The Teal Tea Foundation has supported Dr. Eric A. Ariazi, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Elyce Cardonick, Cooper Cancer Institute, Dr. Denise Connolly, Fox Chase Cancer Center and Dr. Lorna Rodriguez, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

The Janice Lopez Ovarian Cancer Foundation supports ovarian cancer research through their annual Concert for a Cure.

Two other small non-profit organizations in NJ that support survivors and raise awareness include
Teal Tender Hearts for Ovarian Cancer Cancer Awareness and The Mary Anne Mazanec Ovarian Cancer Foundation

As a 10 year survivor and someone who has benefited from the research supported by these organizations I am thankful for each and every organization that is making a difference in ovarian cancer research.

Every Day is a Blessing!  


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